A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship
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A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship

Edited by Anne de Bruin and Simon Teasdale

In the last two decades social entrepreneurship has grown in energy and impact as entrepreneurial spirit has increasingly turned to finding solutions for social, cultural and environmental issues. As social entrepreneurship has grown in popularity, so too has its academic study. A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship brings together contributions from developing paths in the field to signpost the directions ahead for the study of social entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 2: An evolutionary perspective on social entrepreneurship ‘ecosystems’

Michael J. Roy and Richard Hazenberg


This chapter focuses on the idea that the process of social entrepreneurship needs a supportive environment in order to flourish. Drawing upon biological metaphors and evolutionary theory, we show how different environmental conditions – such as historical, political, legal and economic factors – all combine to influence various types of social enterprise that can emerge in different contexts.  Reflecting on extant research on social enterprise ‘ecosystems’, we also draw upon our own results of a large-scale European project to present a typology of different ‘ecosystems’ identified thus far and suggest ways in which research on this topic could be developed further in the future.

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